Five people dead after Johnson County shooting spree

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)-Five people are dead tonight in Johnson County after a terrible shooting spree.

Saturday afternoon, 911 in Paintsville got a call about the shooting in McKenzie Branch.

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The sheriff responded and found two people had been shot and killed in a kitchen.

The sheriff and KSP organized a search.

Eventually, they found the suspect’s car in Paintsville thanks to a tip.

In an apartment nearby they found two more bodies and Joseph Nickell, the man accused of all the murders. He was also dead.

The victims’ names have not been released yet.



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